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Challenging the third sectorGlobal prospects for active citizenship$
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Sue Kenny, Marilyn Taylor, Jenny Onyx, and Marjorie Mayo

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781447316916

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447316916.001.0001

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Third sector organisations nurturing active citizenship

Third sector organisations nurturing active citizenship

the claims

(p.41) Four Third sector organisations nurturing active citizenship
Challenging the third sector

Sue Kenny

Marilyn Taylor

Jenny Onyx

Marjorie Mayo

Policy Press

What is it about third sector organisations that might make them special sites for the development of active citizenship? While a comprehensive study of this kind is beyond the scope of this book we can begin to unpack the theoretical claims and the different roles of third sector organisations. The chapter identifies four major features of third sector organisations that might provide contexts for active citizenship – or can be claimed as doing so. The four main features of third sector organisations that have been identified as nurturing active citizenship are: agency; association; democratic processes; and the development of cosmopolitanism. These are interrelated and not necessarily of equal strength in any one organisation. Nor are they evident in every third sector organisation. But they do provide cultural frames that can induce people to think and act in certain ways.

Keywords:   agency, associationalism, democratic processes, cosmopolitanism

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